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Star Formation in Dark Nebulae. James Haber. Need. Help increase knowledge of star formation View parts of the universe previously obscured by dark nebulae. Spooky Star Forming Region Introduction. Nebula are clouds of ionized hydrogen gas

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Star formation in dark nebulae

  • Help increase knowledge of star formation

  • View parts of the universe previously obscured by dark nebulae

Spooky Star Forming Region


  • Nebula are clouds of ionized hydrogen gas

  • Large regions of star formation

Orion Nebula

Star formation
Star Formation


  • Dark nebula are similar to reflection nebula

  • Can only be seen due to the fact that they block out light

Horsehead Nebula

Star formation in dark nebulae

Literature Review

  • Red and Nebulous Objects in Dark Clouds

  • Search for protostars and T Tauri stars previously missed by Herbig and Rao

Taurus-Auriga Dark Cloud

Literature review
Literature Review

  • An optical survey to look for star formation in Lynds Dark Clouds

  • Ratio of Class 0 to Class I protostars was found to be about 1:1, very different from previous 1:10 ratio


The purpose of my project is to study star formation in dark nebulae using color-color plots and spectral energy distribution charts to classify and identify young stars.


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  • NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "The Art of Making Stars." ScienceDaily, 4 Apr. 2011. Web. 1 May 2011.

  • Chandra X-ray Center. "New evidence on origin of supernovas." ScienceDaily, 27 Apr. 2011. Web. 1 May 2011.

  • Hillenbrand, Lynne. "On the Stellar Population and Star-Forming History of the Orion Nebula Cluster." The Astronomical Journal 113.5 (1997).

  • "Secrets of a Dark Cloud." ESO. 2 July 1999. Web. 05 May 2011. <>.

  • Francesco, James, Michiel R. Hogerheijde, and William J. Welch. "ABUNDANCES OF MOLECULAR SPECIES IN BARNARD 68." The Astronomical Journal 124 (2002): 2749-755.

  • Visser, Anja E., and John S. Richer. "COMPLETION OF A SCUBA SURVEY OF LYNDS DARK CLOUDS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR LOW-MASS STAR FORMATION." The Astronomical Journal 124 (2002): 2756-78

  • Seeds, Michael A. "Three Kinds of Nebulae." Foundations of Astronomy. Australia: Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2008. 198-99.

  • "Lynds Clouds." CoolWiki. Web. 03 June 2011. <>.

What is the problem
What is the problem?


Knowledge Base Lit Review(Check this)

Does this answer

What is the hypothesis

Dependent variable

Up or down? Which?


How do we know?


Does the method

Actually test the hypothesis?